County to hire experts to study building needs

GREENFIELD — Surprise expenses for roofs, heating systems and more could be kept at bay if all of the county’s government buildings are analyzed for bricks-and-mortar repairs that could arise in the near future, county officials say.

The Hancock County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to hire a consultant to look over all of the county’s structures to plan ahead for the next three to five years of expenses.

Part of a greater movement in the last couple of years to plan for capital improvements, the commissioners took the advice of financial consultant Greg Guerrettaz Tuesday and decided more should be done to look over the county’s buildings.

“We’ve got to be as transparent to the public as possible, and I think this is going to help us be,” Guerrettaz said. “I just feel like the liabilities that are out there are going to sneak up on us. We’ve got a little breathing room; I just want to keep that breathing room.”

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